The Question Is . . .  

Posted: November 30, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner:

Well, a breath of the arctic blew through the Grand Duchy this week, as if to herald the arrival of December and all the faux festive publicity and activities. In case you’re about to send a selection of humbugs into Cruise Control, be assured we much enjoy the ‘real’ cruising-193sentiments of the season and the good company of friends, family and the Cruising Crew.

Although Mrs TC was wafting around with tinsel and baubles, she did not distract us from the important tasks of the week . . . ensuring the Cruise Mobile was primed and polished and our playlist selected to go Cruising with The Commissioner. What we hadn’t anticipated was getting taken by surprise by The Cruisettes, who turned up early this week and in party spirit too, much enjoying a riot of a track from Diz Watson and The Doormen and another from Mike Sanchez and His Band . . . who we’re expecting to see on stage soon. But before all that we kicked off down the road with the great saxman Sil Austin and ‘Train Whistle’, followed closely by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters . . . .

Whatcha Gonna Dosil-austin
Train Whistle – Sil Austin
Don’t Change Your Pretty Ways – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Dominos – Diz & The Doormen
Shirley – Mike Sanchez & His Band
The Question Is (Whatcha Gonna Do) – Billy Wright
Go Go Girl – Richard Berry & The Soul Searchers
You Give Love A Bad Name – Scott Bradley’s Postmodern Jukebox

Girls & Guitars
It’s All Over Now – Wanda Jackson

Dancing Senoritabilly-wright
Rock-A-Hula Luau – The Cast of Grease 2
Every Breath I Take – The DiMaggio Brothers
Dancing Senorita – T.V. Slim
Pensiero D’Amore – Giuliano Palma & The BlueBeaters
Saturday Night Special – The Sundown Playboys
Let’s Do The Cajun Twist – Randy & the Rockets
The Way You Came – Randy Rich & The Poorboys
Why Do Kids Grow Up – Randy & The Rainbows
Can’t Find My Sadie – The Checkers
Baby It’s Love – Johnny Angel
Our Girls & Guitars feature this week the-sundown-playboys-saturday-nite-special-apple-78focused on ‘The First Lady of Rockabilly’, Wanda Jackson, who started her recording career in 1956 with Capitol records where she had a string of hits that bridged from rock & roll, through Rockabilly to pure country. . . . but our choice comes from her 2012 album ‘Unfinished Business’ and her version of a song that was successful for the Valentinos and then The Rolling Stones . . . ‘It’s All Over Now’.

We had a little trio of tracks featuring bands led by someone called Randy and there was a great story to retell about a ‘seasoned’ Louisiana Cajun band called The Sundown Playboys. Back in the 60s, they noticed the record racks in their local stores were filled with British bands, so on a whim, one of the band sent their new single to The Beatles in London and asked if they could get it released on Apple Records . . . which they did and became the first Cajun band to be released on the Apple label . . . leading to international tours by the band and overseas success well beyond their native Louisiana.

As our Cruising time was running out we tipped our cruising hats in the direction of Matt The Cat and his Juke In The Back show, because he did a profile of vocal group The Checkers and it included a little 1955 gem of theirs that we tucked into our play list. As the familiar faces and places started coming into view, we played out with Johnny Angel and his ‘Baby It’s Love’. Then, we were back safe and sound and parking up the Cruise Mobile for another week, ever hopeful that you’ll be enticed back again next week, when we’ll call by in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . .have fun . . . !

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 30 November 2016

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